Visiting a floating market is a must when in Bangkok. Even if you do not want to buy anything, it is worth seeing the well-known postcard motifs yourself.
Where do the floating markets come from?
Bangkok, formerly known as "Little Venice of Asia" was made up of Khlongs (small canals). This dense network was connected to the famous Chao Phraya (river crossing the city).
Originally, the city of Bangkok was dotted with so-called Khlong, i.e., small canals scattered all over the city and allowing, among other things, the transport of food from one point to another.
The floating markets usually consist of hundreds of sellers who sell their product on boats, or special kinds of canoe, on which their products such as fruits and vegetables are arranged.
Usually, these boats arrive at the same place every morning, thus making the place an a typical and very colorful sight to behold.
Typical and original, the floating market Bangkok is the ideal place to visit. In fact, there is not one, but several floating markets in Bangkok and visiting one of these markets is essential to discover the Thai lifestyle.
To this end, below are the 8 best floating markets in Bangkok you can visit in 1 day:
1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is probably the most famous floating market in Thailand. Most visitors who want to visit such a market are likely to land here. Damnoen Saduak tries to give an insight into days gone by and offers visitors many exotic photo opportunities.
The floating market is hectic and overcrowded, yet gives a unique atmosphere. With a little luck, you might even see one of the large monitor lizards that live here and look for food while swimming behind one of the many boats.
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market usually begins early in the morning in order to avoid the heat of the day and the rush of the masses. The market visit ends in most cases around noon.
If you have not booked a fixed tour, then you can look around in peace or discover a lot in the area. For example, there are several temples and an orchid farm.
Open Hours : Mon-Sun 7.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.
2. Amphawa Floating Market
The Amphawa Floating Market is the most attractive of all the floating market around Bangkok, as it has maintained its authenticity and is not yet on every tourist map.
The inhabitants of Bangkok love this place so much that in the afternoon it is almost impossible to enjoy the place in peace.
The Amphawa Floating Market is the second most visited floating market in the Bangkok area. It's not as big as Damnoen Saduak but more authentic and cheaper and the dealers are much friendlier.
Open Hours : Fri-Sun 12.00 a.m.-9.00 p.m.
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/fQXWBY6zh7BdT7iG9
3. Taling Chan Floating Market
The Taling Chan Floating Market is located just a few miles outside of Bangkok. This relatively small floating market has largely retained its original ambiance and offers everything you need to spend half a day at no great cost.
Here you can enjoy seafood with the locals on the waterfront, book an interesting longtail boat ride through the nearby canals, buy souvenirs and clothing, taste a lot of delicious food at small stalls, feed hungry fish or get a massage.
Open Hours : Sat-Sun 7.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
Location : http://goo.gl/maps/Xw1DV
4. Kwan Riam Floating Market
The Kwan Kwan Riam Floating Market, located on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok, opened in June 2012 and is a prime example of a modern floating market. The local food and the goods from different regions of Thailand are a real highlight.
The market is located on the Saen Saeb Canal on whose banks are two temples. To the north is Wat Bamphen Nuea, south of Wat Bamphen Tai.
The modern style in no way detracts from the attractiveness of this floating market. Most of the buildings on the waterfront are elegant two-story, open-plan, dark-wood buildings.
A modern bridge connects the two shores. On both sides of the bridge and there are lifts to provide handicapped people with the opportunity to reach the other side of the river. Since trash bins are everywhere, the market is very clean.
Open Hours : Sat-Sun 7.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/mLWk1cd4wYZMLU6V9
5. Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
The Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is located in rural western Bangkok on a very quiet and narrow canal. The fairly new floating market Bangkok has the charm and authenticity of a true local market and boasts of many local produce and delicious food.
The Khlong Lat Mayom is very popular with the locals as it is easily and quickly accessible. The market usually receives a very limited number of tourists daily.
Here, locally grown produce and handicrafts are offered in a shady garden, while most of the food is found near the canal.
One can combine the visit with the floating market of Taling Chan, which is only a few kilometers away.
Open Hours : Sat-Sun 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/a3xwwCD37zzgDgFh8
6. The Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market
Located Just a few miles south of the center of Bangkok, this market is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get to know its village life.
The floating market Bangkok is located on an unusual loop of the Chao Phraya River, which is called the green lung of Bangkok. Despite its proximity to the city, the original area will surprise you with lush vegetation.
Open Hours : Sat-Sun 8.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m.
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/p6y1DFkXhMkaPZ8K6
7. Tha Kha Floating Market
Tha Kha has been taking place continuously for more than 60 years.
It is one of only seven floating markets in all of Thailand that more or less organically survived the great market death in the mid-20th century. The other six of these markets are harder to reach than Tha Kha.
Tha Kha is even so authentic that it opens according to the moon phase calendar used by the local population. The market takes place on the second, seventh and twelfth day of each of the waning and the waxing moon, i.e. about six times a month.
Open Hours : Fri-Sun 6.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m.
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/vMAoja9S9ZvhR2cc8
8. Bang Luang Floating Market
The Bang Luan Floating Market is located near the other end of the Phasi Charoen canal next to a temple and is open only on weekends. The market has a lot of local charm and is very easy to reach by public transport.
Open Hours : Sat-Sun 8.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m.
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/fmRUxAmJibEfCZQLA
In conclusion, the floating market Bangkok comes as a magnet for both tourists and the locals. Most of the markets are easily accessible, thus making it possible for tourists to visit all of them in 1 day. Also, they are usually fun, cheap and attracts the masses magically.